Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

10. Bokuraga Ita, We were there
9. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)
8. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
7. Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)
6. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid Sama!)
5. Toradora!
4. Orange
3. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
2. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji ( Wolf Girl & Black Prince)
1. Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”)

10. Bokuraga Ita, We were there

Bokura ga Ita
Synopsis – Going into her first year of high school, Nanami Takahashi is filled with the hope of making many new friends. After meeting the shy Yuri Yamamoto, she hears about a popular boy in their class: Yano Motoharu. Yuri cares little for Yano because of his past relationship with her older sister Nana, and at first, Nanami doesn’t like his attitude either. However, Nanami soon begins to warm up to Yano and takes a liking to him. The two spend more of their time together and eventually decide to start dating. But their love is not without challenges; Yano has trouble opening up to Nanami, since his first girlfriend, Nana, died in a car accident the year before, and she had been with one of her ex-boyfriends at the time.

Finding themselves living in the shadow of Yano’s relationship with Nana, Nanami and Yano struggle to keep their relationship afloat amid misunderstandings and heartache with the certainty of their love for each other.

Bokura ga Ita

Similarity – When it comes to connections, Bokura ga Ita and Ao Haru Ride build on that with their characters. The main male and female protagonist build their relationship through interactions. Throughout both series’ progressive stories, they face with memories of the past. The main male protagonist from both series has a similar personality as well. Yet deep down, they do value the people around them. As a romance/shoujo, expect relationship angles and drama to ensure. Recommended for people interested in shoujo with elegance.

9. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Synopsis – When abandoned kittens and his good conscience force second-year Sorata Kanda to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall, the satellite dorm, and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down. The decidedly average Sorata finds it difficult to fit in with the bizarre collection of dorm residents like Misaki, an energetic animator; Jin, a playwright playboy; Ryuunosuke, a reclusive programmer; and Chihiro, the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl.

Sorata’s friend Nanami, a second-year student and aspiring voice actress, pushes him to find new owners for the many cats so that he can quickly move back into the regular dorms. However, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wavers when the pet-like and infantile second year Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him.

Supported by each other’s quirks, Sorata and Mashiro come out of their shells and trigger change in the lives of those around them. Based on the light novel series of the same name, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo explores the fine threads connecting talent, hard work, romance, and friendship with its ensemble cast.

Similarity – Futaba(Ao Haru Ride) & Sorata(Sakurasou) is same.
Both characters want to become a better person in future without being burdened by the past or present.
This topic becomes the main theme in Sakurasou but not in Ao Haru Ride.
Both anime also featuring love interest between character.

8. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)

Tonari no Kaibutsu kun

Synopsis – Shizuku Mizutani is apathetic towards her classmates, only caring about her grades. However, her cold view of life begins to change when she meets Haru Yoshida, a violent troublemaker who stopped attending class after getting into a fight early in the school year. He is not much different from her, though—he too understands little about human nature and does not have any friends. Much to Shizuku’s surprise, he proclaims that she will be his friend and immediately confesses his feelings towards her upon meeting her.

Because of her lack of friends and social interaction, Shizuku has a hard time understanding her relationship with Haru. But slowly, their friendship begins to progress, and she discovers that there is more to Haru than violence. She begins to develop feelings for him but is unsure what kind of emotions she is experiencing. Together, Shizuku and Haru explore the true nature of their relationship and emotions.

Similarity – Lighthearted romantic comedies. Tonari-no Kaibutsu-kun and Ao Haru Ride explore the relationship between two main characters with contrasting personalities. The main male protagonist from both series has similar personalities and often plays practical jokes on others. I recommend both series for anyone seeking a romantic comedy with a lighthearted atmosphere.

7. Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

Ore Monogatari

 

Synopsis – With his muscular build and tall stature, Takeo Gouda is not exactly your average high school freshman. However, behind his intimidating appearance hides a heart of gold, and he is considered a hero by the boys for his courage and chivalry. Unfortunately, these traits do not help much with his love life. As if his looks are not enough to scare the opposite sex away, Takeo’s cool and handsome best friend and constant companion Makoto Sunakawa easily steal the hearts of the female students—including every girl Takeo has ever liked.

When Takeo gallantly saves cute and angelic Rinko Yamato from being molested, he falls in love with her instantly but suspects that she might be interested in Sunakawa. With his own love for Yamato continuing to bloom, Takeo unselfishly decides to act as her Cupid, even as he yearns for his own love story.

Similarity – The stories are different and I would say that “Ao Haru Ride” has a more complex story since it´s also tagged with the genre slice of life and “Ore Monogatari” is not.
The main male character of “Ao Haru Ride” gives you the same kind of feeling that male main Makoto Sunakawa from “Ore Monogatari” gives to you

6. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid Sama!)

Kaichou wa Maid sama
Synopsis – Being the first female student council president isn’t easy, especially when your school just transitioned from an all-boys high school to a co-ed one. Aptly nicknamed “Demon President” by the boys for her strict disciplinary style, Misaki Ayuzawa is not afraid to use her mastery of Aikido techniques to cast judgment onto the hordes of misbehaving boys and defend the girls at Seika High School.

Yet even the perfect Ayuzawa has an embarrassing secret—she works part-time as a maid at a maid café to help her struggling family pay the bills. She has managed to keep her job hidden from her fellow students and maintained her flawless image as a stellar student until one day, Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, walks into the maid café. He could destroy her reputation with her secret… or he could twist the student council president around his little finger and use her secret as an opportunity to get closer to her.

Similarity – They are both love stories about two young people falling in love. The storylines have different forms of love but it is still loved. Both are amazing animes about love and if you need an OTP these are good animes to find some.

 

5. Toradora!

Toradora
Synopsis – Despite Ryuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent. Class rearrangements on his second high school year put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. Along with these two comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka. Her delicate appearance contrasts with her brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuji with his love interest as long as he helps her get closer to hers.

Similarity – I just found the general atmosphere of these two anime similar, not to mention both are very deep and thought-out high school setting anime. These two anime don’t share that much similarities, despite both being romance anime set in high school, but I think that if you have watched Ao Haru Ride you will also enjoy Toradora!

 

4. Orange

Orange
Synopsis – Naho Takamiya’s first day of her sophomore year of high school is off to an uneasy start. After waking up late, she receives a strange letter addressed to her. However, the letter is from herself—10 years in the future! At first, Naho is skeptical of the note; yet, after witnessing several events described to take place, she realizes the letter really is from her 26-year-old self.

The note details that Naho’s future life is filled with regrets, and she hopes that her younger self can correct the mistakes that were made in the past. The letter also warns her to keep a close eye on the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse. Naho must be especially careful in making decisions involving him, as Kakeru is not around in the future. With the letter as her guide, Naho now has the power to protect Kakeru before she comes to regret it once more.

Similarity – Both shows deal with the issues of friendship, depression, self-isolation, and grief. To be more specific, both stories feature a main male character who has a very sorrowful past. Their friends are trying to be helpful and supportive. The female MC is in both cases the love interest. The difference is that Ao Haru Ride is more focused on the romantic aspect while Orange gives more weight to the healing process, and as such it’s more dramatic. Both are totally awesome.

3. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

Kimi ni Todoke
Synopsis – Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe… there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.

Similarity – Produced by Production I.G., Kimi ni Todoke, and Ao Haru Ride is romantic comedies of classics. The main male protagonist has different personalities but grows closer to the main female character throughout both series. It’s also obvious the type of feelings the girl has on him although their relationship tends to be awkward at times. Among other factors, there are misunderstandings, rivals, and challenges that sometimes hinder their relationship. Expect comedy, drama, and romance. I recommend both series for anyone interested in a classic shoujo.

 

2. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji ( Wolf Girl & Black Prince)

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Synopsis – Erika talks to her friends about boyfriends and romance, but in all her sixteen years she’s never actually dated, anyone. She thought her lies had reached a limit until one day she takes a surreptitious video of a good looking guy she saw in town. She brags that he’s her boyfriend, but it turns out that his name’s Kyōya Sata and he’s just transferred to her school. Erika tells him what’s going on and offers to admit to her lie, but it turns out that under his sweet exterior, he’s actually a malicious sadist. Seizing on Erika’s weakness, he orders her to be his dog.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Similarity – Anime dealing with friendship and romance. The main female from both anime pretends to be someone they are not. They make friends with the wrong people. The main love interest shows her the truth. The main guy in one series is calm, cool, and straightforward. The other is a sadist. The relationship in both anime start off rocky but as they get to know one another, fall madly in love with each other.

 

1. Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”)

Sukitte Ii na yo

Synopsis – Friends will only let you down—that is the sad truth Mei Tachibana lives with, ever since she was wrongfully blamed for the death of a class pet by her so-called friends in grade school. Since then, she stays away from people in order to avoid ever being hurt again. However, Mei’s life begins to change drastically when a misunderstanding in high school causes her to encounter popular student Yamato Kurosawa.

Yamato finds her intriguing and insists on being her friend, even though Mei wants nothing to do with him. But when a dangerous situation ends with Yamato kissing Mei to save her from the unwanted attention of a stalker, Mei begins to develop feelings for him. On the heels of her discovery that their feelings are mutual, they start dating and she gains not only a boyfriend but friends as well. Mei, however, finds it very hard to adapt to this new lifestyle, especially in expressing her true feelings towards Yamato.

Similarity – Taking place in a school life environment, both series represent classic shoujo with its cast of characters. The main female protagonist has a complex relationship with the main male protagonist. Throughout both series, there are obstacles that test their relationship as well. The female protagonist also makes friends with others but suffers from a lack of confidence on occasions. They also get ostracized by certain friends as result of the relationships she develops with others. Recommended for fans of romance/shoujo. Ao Haru Ride has more comedy while Sukitte li no yo conveys more drama.

Credits – MAL

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